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The chicken's egg came first, says Smithsonian

When it comes to the history of edible chicken products in this country, eggs did indeed come first.
That’s what Peter Liebhold, curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, said as he opened up a discussion on the subject during an “After Hours” event last week.

Whitney Pipkin
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Anacostia River festival offers hands-on family fun

The first-ever Anacostia River Festival is planned for this Sunday as part of the broader Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

Nate Adams, spokesman for the National Park Service’s National Capital Region, said this first-of-its-kind festival represents a new level of recreation and appreciation that the park service would like to see more of along the river.

“The National Park Service is committed to improving the health and usefulness of the Anacostia River,” Adams said, noting that the park service manages most of the land along the banks of the river. “Many of the activities at the event will focus on river health and recreation.”

Whitney Pipkin

Potomac Conservancy crowd-funding to save WV landscape

The Potomac Conservancy has launched an online campaign to raise $35,000 to help purchase and preserve key lands in West Virginia. 

Whitney Pipkin

Picture This

Tips from veteran Chesapeake Bay photographer Dave Harp about how to capture the perfect images from your outdoor travels.

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Pond paddle provides lovely setting for photos

I always try to get out and make some photos on the solstices and equinoxes,  and an assignment to illustrate a story about Trap Pond allowed me to chase the morning light there a few hours after this year’s Autumnal equinox.   It’s an amazingly beautiful patch of wild Delaware near Laurel and will be featured in the November issue of the Bay Journal.   The pond, created in the 18th century to power a saw mill to convert the trees into board feet of lumber,  is the epicenter of the northern most stand of bald cypress trees in the United States.   The relatively young trees in the middle of the pond were planted in the 1930’s when the water level  was drawn down to allow the trees to grow.    Once they’re heads are above the water they seem to do fine in an aquatic environment.  Be sure to look for a more complete story about Trap Pond State Park by Tom Horton in the November issue of the Bay Journal.

David Harp
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Order of Chaos

Photographers go to great lengths to make order out of chaos. A good photograph has a strong point of view, clean lines, generally good composition. In this case chaos IS the point. Anyone who has ever witnessed a flock of snow geese erupt into flight knows that the sight and sounds of those birds says chaos to the extreme.    This flock was photographed with a 200mm lens, 2x tele extender, Olympus E-5 camera, 1250/sec. @ f5.6. ISO 200. The scene was made at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge just after sunrise, thin cloud cover.

David Harp
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January morning along the Choptank River

It was a very cold pre dawn January morning along the Choptank River.   Out to capture some winter scenes (since we didn't really have winter last year). I found this ice encrusted plant and made a photo in the early morning light.    Wanting more drama in the photo I waited until the rising sun barely kissed it and made another exposure. Sometimes is pays to wait for the light.Both photographs were made with an Olympus E-5, 12-60mm lens at 21mm.  

David Harp

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